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Tricerahops Double IPA - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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427 Reviews
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Reviews: 427
Hads: 1,591
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 20.2%
Wants: 192
Gots: 358 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: John_M on 07-30-2007

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Reviews: 427 | Hads: 1,591
Photo of mschantz
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap. Golden orange color and nearly clear. Nose was surprisingly uneventful. After disappointing nose taste was a very pleasant surprise - big mango and orange flavors with a slightly astringent finish.sparkly mouth feel.

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Photo of Brackh
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Pours a nice copper color. Smell of citrus and fruit. Beer is juicy and full of citrus. Bitterness almost taste like a grapefruit. Easy to drink. Good balance of fruit with the bitterness. Solid beer from a solid brewery.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Crystal clear and bright orange in color. The head foams up to about two fingers thick with a moderately aggressive pour. It settles somewhat quicker than I expected given the foaminess, but it doesn’t vanish altogether. A nice, quarter-inch cap with a little topography remains in place. There is a surprising amount of foam for a Double IPA here. The lacing is consistently layered throughout the glass, covering about 40% of the back of the glass.

SMELL: The smell was evident as the beer was being poured and the head was just beginning to foam. Even at this point, a few minutes after the pour, I can still smell it without putting my nose near the glass. Tangerine hits me first with a very pleasant piney and mildly grassy back. A little resinous, very intense and delicious smell.

TASTE: The tangerine from the nose is right up front on this one with a slightly more bitter citrus (lots of grapefruit) character rounding it out near the back of the palate. Some tropical fruits also dance around a weed-like flavor and some subtle grass.

MOUTHFEEL: Exceptionally well balanced; medium to slightly big body with a little sweet followed by a little dry and an increasing bitterness throughout each sip. The carbonation is a little on the light side with just a tickle, but there’s enough to make this beer work.

OVERALL: Excellent beer. I’m very excited to have this one finally arrive in Colorado and look forward to a lot more Ninkasi releases out here.

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Photo of leaddog
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a copper amber with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus hops, grapefruit peel, citrus, hint of pine resin, bready caramel malts.

Taste - Citrus hops followed by a pungent hit from the grapefruit peel then goes into the bready caramel malts, citrus, and hint of pine resin.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness from the grapefruit peel.

Overall - An enjoyable DIPA. This one is solid in all areas. A definite try for those who are new to the style.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 18/11/14

A clear light copper, lots of bubbles sticking to the side and several streams of slow bubbles feed a short lived finger of foam that leaves some polka dot lace

S orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon and lime, plenty of citrus, some pine wine gums, and a little sweet malt

T rindy compared to the nose, more pine, caramel, and a hint of booze, solid but I preferred the nose

M silky upon entry and slowly creams up, a little slick on the palate with faint heat going down, rind lingers

O pretty solid DIPA, nothing crazy complex or unique but easy enough to drink and not really lacking in any area

nothing to really set it apart but no reason not try it either, nearly 10$ bucks for a bomber I'm not sure if I'd buy a second though

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Photo of Auraan
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured a clear amber red body with a half finger white bubbly head. Fairly nice looking, a pretty DIPA. Scents of grassy hops, orange peel, grapefruit peel, fresh pine resin, some light malty sweetness, light alcohol and earthy, vegetal hops and not much else. Overall impression of aroma is of a rather simple, bit very nice DIPA aroma. It is crisp, citrusy, piney and clean, with a certain freshness too it. Bolder than the Total Domination, but not overwhelming. It is quite nice. Flavor begins moderately bitter with notes of orange flesh, orange zest, a sweet malt backbone and a light pine resin. This moves into a medium-high bitter middle with notes of all the above flavors, with pine resin becoming more prominent and grassy hops appearing at a moderate level alongside light alcohol. Finish is dry with a strong presence of grapefruit and orange peel, a medium-high character of pine resin and grassy hops and a light malt backbone and alcohol presence. Aftertaste is orange zest and flesh, sweet malt and light alcohol with a very light pine resin. Overall impression of flavor is of a nice, clean hop-forward beer that is pleasant, but lacking in the full depth and boldness of other examples. Not as bitter and bold as Stone's offerings, which is actually nice, but lacking the depth of a Hoptimum or some other good examples of the style. Still not bad and quite drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation and a resinous feel with a smooth, slick finish. Overall impression mouthfeel is of a good DIPA that is true to style. Overall this is a good DIPA. It is well hopped, flavorful and balanced, though not the most bold or complex in either aroma or flavor. It cannot compete with the best, but it is good and well worth trying. A nice DIPA for a beginner for sure.

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Photo of BrewChatKen
3.25/5  rDev -19%

I remember enjoying this one a lot more so I have a feeling I may have just gotten an old bottle. Having said that, not much going on here. Floral, citrus, grapefruit aroma with a bit of pine, I thought it was more malty than hoppy. Poured a deep golden color with a white head. Taste was mostly what I got from the aroma, mainly citrus fruit, grapefruit, and some caramel malt. In a word: boring. I was surprised but I'm willing to give this one another chance.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass. Thanks, Brenda, for sneaking this one back from LA in the suitcase.

A: Opaque amber. A white one-finger head that lingers. Thick lacing.

S: Light grapefruit and citrus elements. Biscuity malts.

T: Smooth. Citrus-y without the bitter finish. A terrific infusion of caramel malts and citrus. Sweet. Easy drinking.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: After a trip across the country in a suitcase and sitting in my closet for 2 months, I didn't know if this DIPA would hold up. But it did, admirably. My first Ninkasi and not my last.

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Photo of beergoot
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle label and brewery web site list the ABV as 8.0%.

The body reveals a orange/gold body with a thick, creamy, white head (4.0). Citrus hop aroma with a caramel malt sweetness in the aroma; orange marmalade (3.75). Nicely balanced flavor of just-right sweet malt grains with a brisk yet soothing hop bitterness; caramel flavors (4.0). Medium-heavy body; smooth and silky mouthfeel (4.0).

Munich malt in the grain bill seem to really help with the color and malt flavors plus provide a nice, balanced counterpoint to the huge hop bitterness and big ABV. And another malt, Carahell, that I haven't heard of before, also must play a big roll in keeping the grain flavors from being lost in the hops. Big taste depth and complexity with a nice alcohol buzz factor makes for an excellent after-dinner quaff.

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Photo of Kendo
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from the growler into a Piraat tulip. Body is clear orangey/coppery/amber. Small white head leaves behind a little lace.

S: Not too strong on the nose. Toffee and caramel malt are surprisingly the first impression, as the hops are not too strong for the style.

T: OK, now I get the DIPA flavor profile that was missing in the nose: solid hops - mainly of the tropical fruit and citrus variety - over a fairly thick caramel malt base.

M: Medium- to full-bodied in heft, modest carbonation gives it a slightly slick feel.

O: A solid DIPA for my first Ninkasi brew.

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Photo of Curtis
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tried this one at random in a 22 oz bottle. Poured a beautiful dark gold. Clear, no chunks, wonderful color. Great lacy head that 20 minutes later and after writing another review, still has a good 1/4 inch on it. Mouthfeel is very good, carbonation near perfect. Te initial hop bite is slightly bitter, bit tasty... a little bit of "hop twang" here, but not enough to ruin it. A little more aroma would improve this beer. Finish is good with no aftertaste/off flavors. Tasty, drinkable... I like it.

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Photo of slackattack
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into rocks type glass thing in my hotel room.

Nice thick-ish head sits atop for a while and laces nicely. Clear, just shy of amber coloration. Aroma leans to the tropical side, but some resinous tones are there as well. Taste starts off really malty, but bitterness isn't far behind. This is a pretty bitter beer that needs the strong malt backbone to bring it through. Mouthfeel consists of good but not too much carbonation with a thick, chewy, looong finish. Satisfying and even though you know with the assertive malt that it's going to be high gravity and even with the aggressive hopping, it comes across smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of BobbySue22
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours an amber/hazy orange color with a white head roughly one finger in height.

Aroma: The abundance of hops in the beer give off strong earthy and floral aromas. Some subtle grapefruit aromas are present as well.

Taste: Similar to the aroma with some strong hop flavors. The citrus is more present in the taste but the earthy and floral notes are still fully there. Almost no malt in the flavor so the freshness of the hops can be appreciated.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied beer with a smooth mouthfeel that makes it very drinkable. For a beer with 8% ABV, it is very smooth and pretty refreshing.

Overall: A very good NW IPA. The freshness of the hops is wonderful and not overpowering in the bitterness aspect. Very drinkable and a good beer to drink on a summer evening. It also has one of my favorite names of any beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at Nathaniel Square Corner Store.

Pours a hazy orange, with a fizzy half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells fairly strong and fresh, smells earthy, herbal, and piney, with a bit of grapefruit citrusy goodness.

The taste is similar. West-coast style at heart, very little malt backbone. Grapefruit and lemon up front, then some bracing pine bitterness that stops short of being too much. Very fresh, juicy, and bitter, the way I like my IPAs.

Medium bodied, crisp smooth mouthfeel. Very, very drinkable. Medium carbonation.

I've wanted to try this one for a while now, I'm glad I got a chance to today.

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Photo of Spikester
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear light amber with some suspended particles. Good two fingers of head and average lacing for the style. Smell is fruity resinous hops with lots of caramel malt.
Taste is similar to the smell but lots of hop resins grapefruit caramel malt.
Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is just right. Easy drinking for a 100 IBU beer. The bottle lists abv as 8.0% not 8.8%. Overall a fine DIPA.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at a tourist trap at fishermans wharf, San Francisco. $8 for a 20oz(?) glass. Aroma is sort of muted, maybe it's the beer, maybe it's my allergies, maybe it's because I drank three Alpine Nelsons earlier. It's mostly grain and citrus, not bad. Flavor is better, malty but citrusy, it ain't west coast but it's hoppy. A little sugary and a little sticky, it works. Mouthfeel was really smooth, I liked that the best. Very fruity, citrus, a good DIPA and I'm usually completely biased towards real West Coast IPA's.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy orange amber color with a one finger head of pure white foam. The head fades fast at first, but settles to a very persistent thin white foam film that floats atop the brew. This foam film lasts for quite some time, eventually fading to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is rather light for an imperial IPA. It is strongest in a grapefruit citrus aroma that is nearly matched by some orange and tangerine smells. Along with these smells are some other hoppy aromas of a grassy and floral nature with a bit of a bready smell rounding them all out.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly sweet flavor of a tropical fruit and tangerine nature. At the start of the taste there is a doughy flavor with this taste being maintained throughout the flavor profile. Some hop flavors of a pine and floral nature are present from the start as well with these fading a bit as the flavor advances forward. While the aforementioned hop flavors fade, a grapefruit hop flavor comes to the tongue, with it growing stronger and stronger, both replacing and well surpassing the other hop flavors. The grapefruit hop really picks it up a notch at the end of the taste, which overall ends up leaving a rather lingering bitter grapefruit rind like flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both the qualities really accentuate the hop flavors of the brew and really accentuate the grapefruit hop flavors of the brew, which is quite good for the style.

Overall – A decent but not out of this world double IPA. The bitter grapefruit is a little to overpowering at the end of the taste bringing a bit of unbalance. Overall though a decent try.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz bottle into Lost Abbey Teku

A-Pours a really hazy orangish/straw color with a small foamy off white head. Great lacing.

S-Aroma of strong grapefruit, orange, citrus skins, and caramel malt.

T-Taste is also of strong grapefruit and citrus zest up front, followed by caramel malt, grass, and some pine.

M-Average carbonation with a slight bitter finish.

O-Overall a delicious DIPA had to get another bomber.

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Photo of Goliveidaho
4.36/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

CO2 growler into a 12oz glass. Foamy head with big floral aroma, lacing delicate, EKG graph circling the glass. Mouth feels very malty and satisfied. Floral oils in complex waves breaking like a gentle surf from tongue to cheek. No hint of the 8.8 ABV. I have drank this beer several times in the past and it is consistently great. The best from Ninkasi. Delightful, cheers!

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Photo of kevanb
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, undated so I'll assume it to be fresh as it was a very recent purchase, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a hazy, cloudy apricot color, hues of copper and gold with a taught, firm white head, only a finger or so, even with an aggressive pour that has moderate retention but yields a tremendous amount of lace. The aroma is bitter, a bit tropical and fruity, some dankness as well, but generally earthy, sappy and resinous. The flavors follow nicely, but are much more remarkable, the fruit character is much juicier, pungent and delicious, sappy pine, thats smooth but firm, a touch of earthy grass and weeds, some tangy grapefruit with a bit of an abrasive alcohol quality at the finish, but this is still really flavorful on the tongue. The body is crisp and refreshing, just enough carb to keep things zippy and lively, coats the mouth well and finishes with a lightly dry kick.

Verdict: A delicious DIPA from Ninkasi and definitely my favorite beer from them. It's simple and straightforward but balanced and refreshing. The nose could use some complexity and layering but boy does it taste good. I'd really love to be able to enjoy this more often.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

an enjoyable ipa that has the unique feature of smelling and tasting extremely fruity up front, and finishing with a palate destroying amount of bitterness. usually its one or the other, but this is somehow both, and it really works. almost bright orange in color with a lasting thick white head like a nitro pour, and a high degree of clarity. it smells like oranges and mangoes and other tropical fruit. it also has a pretty sturdy grain base, some sweetness, and a lot of body from what i can tell. the flavor starts off with all the fruit, its juicy and fresh and definitely west coast in style with all the resins of the hops sticking up the flavors. the finish is brutally bitter, bust be well over 100 ibus, and its dry and long lasting, almost like my tongue is being pinched. the fruity flavors dry right up, and so does the grain sweetness. long long long bitter finish, punctuated by aggressive carbonation and a lot of body. a tasty glass of beer, but i was glad to be sharing the bomber. it gets even more intense with temperature. great use of hops here, and a very well disguised alcohol strength. solid double ipa.

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Photo of THE-DUDE
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...great IPA. Very floral, citrusy, orange pineapple grapefruit flavors. This is a very citrusy beer. I wouldn't consider this a full double IPA as much as i would consider it a well balanced IPA. The 8.8 ABV is full front, not hidden at all. Overall, this beer is excellent.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange with a short white head.

S: Nose is weak, some orange, mango and floral notes.

T: Orange, pineapple, pine, more flowery floral notes, some bitter alcohol astringency.

M: Medium bodied with a typical IPA feel.

O: Yet another example of why I love Ninkasi. Some of their beers may not be so great, but this is definitely a great one. Worth a try, definitely recommended.

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Photo of VincentFrey
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour / Appearance: Pours a light orange with ruby hints. Likely the bits of darker malts to bring up the backbone giving it the reddish tinge. Very clear. Nicely carbed, pours well with quick head dissipation. Head is bone white. Pretty beautiful lacing as it sips. Very pretty DIPA.

Aroma: Bevvy of west coast / north pacific hops. Resinous, piney, hint of spruce. Malt character is pretty light; some caramels and a hint of rye perhaps. Something lending spice. Definite alcohol presence. No real yeast esters, but none really expected.

Taste: First pour was fresh from the fridge. Very, very bitter, but not a ton of character outside it. As it warms, things mellow a bit and the hops start to present individual traits. Definite floral notes, but mostly spicey and piney. Not much else hopwise, so lacking in complexity there. Malt profile doesn't do much to hide the alcohol, and I'm thinking the rye I thought was in the nose was just spicy hops. It's a west coast IPA, but average at that.

Overall: A decent style example of the increasingly defined west coast branch of American IPAs. Still, no great intangibles and no real complexity to the hope profile I'd expect in a DIPA.

Bottom Line: Probably cheaper in Oregon. I've got no urge to have it again at the price I got it, but would be solid if it was cheaper.

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Photo of troobie
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Where is the bite? I need that bite.

A: Cloudy brown/red nearing cider under the light color. Small head holds the entire glass with very strong lacing.

S: Barleywine? Less hoppy and more rounded than expected. Could be mistaken for Bigfoot all day long. Alcohol is definitely there.

T: Once again, barelywine. Where is the hop bite? Sure there is some serious hop bitterness, but it's well rounded and there is no bite. Salt/garlic/onion super-hop flavor.

M: Chewy, oily, medium-high carbonation from a soft pour.

O: Would buy again and enjoy, but not what I expected. I can buy a six-pack of Sierra Nevada Torpedo for less money than a bomber of this and the Torpedo would be just as, if not more, enjoyable.

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Tricerahops Double IPA from Ninkasi Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.